The Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases

Message from the Director

Stroke is a major global health problem as the second cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability worldwide. Healthcare for stroke patients spans a continuum from acute treatment to hospitalization to rehabilitation and then to prevention. To address the full continuum of stroke care, The Stroke Institute at UTHealth is a joint collaboration among the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and School of Biomedical Informatics and leverages the strong clinical partnership of UTHealth with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.

Our Institute’s mission is to expand research across the continuum of stroke care, develop new treatments and innovative health care delivery models for stroke patients, and conduct population health studies that will change the practice of cerebrovascular medicine. The Stroke Institute also runs the largest stroke fellowship training program in the country for neurologists but another mission for us is to expand training opportunities in stroke and  cerebrovascular disease to a much wider segment of healthcare professionals including nurses, graduate students, and rehabilitation therapists.

A Teachable Moment

Every 40 seconds a stroke radically changes the lives of Americans in an instant. These attacks happen at any time to anyone of any age. Told through the eyes of four tenacious strangers, A Teachable Moment examines the signs, occurrences and long, often miraculous, road to recovery stroke survivors face. Mark, Roderick, Anne, and Lee deliver raw accounts of hospital visits, battles with paralysis, and triumphant survival stories.

Leading experts and clinicians shed light on the science of stroke and the preventative steps that reduce risk to the neurological disorder. A call to action for everyone, A Teachable Moment empowers viewers with the knowledge that strokes are preventable, strokes are treatable and strokes are beatable.
www.ateachablemoment.film

Areas of Focus

cutting edge research on stroke and cerebrovascular diseases

The Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases sustains highly successful research in acute stroke treatment and is developing new areas of research in stroke recovery, prevention, health services, population health and vascular cognitive impairment.

Cutting Edge Research
dedication to education and training

The Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases provides students and fellows with an atmosphere of growth and mentorship throughout their careers in Cerebrovascular Neurology. Educational opportunities are currently available for Medical Students, Nursing Students, and Physicians.

Education & Training
stroke clinical services

Clinical care for stroke patients is provided at 11 hospitals in our stroke system of care in the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. In total, our system provides care to over 4000 patients with cerebrovascular disorders per year.

Stroke Clinical Services
community engagement

Our Community Engagement Core creates opportunities for researchers to build a coalition between communities, community based organizations and academia by building sustainable community partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Engagement & Awareness

Our Main Areas of Research

Acute Stroke

  • Improve approaches to dissolve clots
  • Protect the brain
  • Catheter delivery

Brain Hemorrhage

  • Blood removal
  • Blood reabsorption

Inpatient Care

  • Improve quality of care
  • Improve efficiency of care

Stroke Recovery

  • Stem cells
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stimulation

Stroke Prevention

  • Better approaches to reduce high blood pressure
  • Personalized treatments based on genotypes and biomarkers

Health Care Delivery

  • Mobile Ambulance
  • Telemedicine

Stroke Complications

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Depression
  • Caregiver burden

Population Health

  • Primary and secondary stroke prevention
  • Disparities and health equity